Ophthalmology Assistant

1 week ago
7.5 Hour
Licensed / Certified / Registered Professions
Shift Details
Variable Hours
Hellen Snell Cheel Medical Campus
Education: Required Level
High School Diploma or Equivalent
Education: Preferred Level
Vocational or Technical Training
Education: Preferred Field
Completion of Ophthalmic Assistant training and certification as an ophthalmic assist by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology (JCAHPO) degree, licensure and/or certification.
Licensure / Certification
<p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; padding: 0in; border: currentColor;">Required:&nbsp;&nbsp; Certified by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology within 18 months of employment.</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; padding: 0in; border: currentColor;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt; padding: 0in; border: currentColor;">Preferred: Current certified by the Joint Commission on Allied Health Personnel in Ophthalmology</p>

Job Summary

To assist the Ophthalmologist, and other technical support personnel, (as indicated), to perform diagnostic tests necessary for evaluation of patient eye problems.


Core Responsibilities

Medical services - Performs preliminary screening examinations for physician review including, but not limited to, central and peripheral visual field tests, ocular motility tests, color vision tests, pressure and pupil testing for size, equality, and reaction prior to dilation. Examination of the cornea, lens, and anterior chamber of the eye using a slit lamp and variations from normal. Measure acuity of patient, with and without glasses/lenses, for distance and near vision, obtain optical and lensometry measurements to determine lens prescription and correct acuity problems. Administer Electro-retinogram. Electro-oculogram tests and specular microscopy examinations to patients.

Obtain topographical measurements of the eye to include corneal diameter and curvature, assist the physician to fit patients with contact lenses and to evaluate lens fit with a bio-microscope. Instruct patients on the proper techniques used in caring for, inserting and wearing contact lenses.Medically screen walk-in, emergency and telephone calls from patients and prioritize them for appointments.


Documentation and additional duties - Fully document patient information in the electronic medical record (EMR), including all medical and demographic data, as needed.Direct the flow of patients examined by the physician, obtain medical and personal data for patient medical records.. Screen patients for conditions excluding ocular examination, arrange for laboratory and other tests, ophthalmic photography, outpatient studies and patient admission for surgery as requested by physician.  Enter charges for the Procedure and Surgical rooms so ensure charges are added the same day.


People - As directed by physician, alleviate patient and patient care giver concerns by explaining diagnostic procedures, tests, and methods of treatment. Prioritize all messaging between physician and referring providers.


Other - Calibrate and maintain all instruments used including, but not limited to bio-microscopes, lensometer, keratometer tangent screen, slit lamp and tonometers. Clean stock consultation rooms and microbiology laboratory with supplies (drugs and other) as needed. Sterilize and set up instruments for ophthalmic surgery procedures, assist with minor office procedures, laser treatments and operating room procedures/surgeries as required. Perform other related duties incidental to the work described within.


Required Experience:

Required: Previous work in the medical field with knowledge of medical terminology, basic anatomy and physiology, with basic pharmacological knowledge.


Preferred: Minimum of 3 years work experience in an ophthalmology setting





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